Dublin

Dublin

Leon Golub

IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital Kilmainham Military Road
June 5–October 19, 2000

Leon Golub's first European retrospective to date, curated by Jon Bird, will sample enough work from the '50s (“Bug” and “Sphinx” paintings), the '60s (“Gigantomachy” and “Napalm” paintings), the '70s (political portraits, the forty-foot Vietnam II), and the '80s (“Mercenaries,” “Interrogations”) to trace the story of his aesthetic and political dissents. The focus, though, will be the '90s art, which is both more fluid and aleatory than the earlier work and shows a less confrontational and reportorial artist attuned to a larger, almost mythic terrain of human misery. The results may smack of King Lear on the blasted heath, but says Golub, “I'm trying to be sardonic.”